Instant Replay: Thompson's shot seals win over Blazers

Instant Replay: Thompson's shot seals win over Blazers
March 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to score 64 points in the Warriors 113-112 win over the Blazers. (USATSI)


From the coastal rivalry to the playoff atmosphere to the battle between the backcourts, the Warriors and Trail Blazers provided everything a fan could want Sunday night at Moda Center.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson made sure the Warriors prevailed, combining for 64 points in a 113-112 comeback victory over Portland.

Thompson scored 23 of his 27 points in the second half and carried the Warriors to victory by draining a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute, including the clincher with 11.1 seconds to play.

Curry finished with a game-high 37 points, 28 of which came in the second half.

The Warriors (42-26) trailed for most of the game and by as many as 18 points in the second half. The victory allowed them to gain a game on Portland (43-24) in the Western Conference playoff race.

The Warriors currently hold the No. 6 spot, while the Blazers are clinging to the five spot. The teams are now separated by 11/2 games.

David Lee, with 16 points, was the only other Warrior to score in double figures.

Guard Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazer with 26 points, but made only 8 of 22 shots.

Warriors center Andrew Bogut limped off in the fourth quarter, hobbling into the locker favoring his left ankle. He was examined by the training staff and returned to the game for the final 5.8 seconds.

It took a while for Curry and Thompson find their games, but both were spectacular in the second half.

Curry made 11 of 24 shots, while Thompson connected on 10 of 19.

Down 76-64 with 3:00 left in the third quarter, the Warriors put together a ferocious rally over the nine minutes, spanning the end of the third quarter and the first half of the fourth, taking a 97-96 lead with 6:01 left to play.

Curry and Thompson, or Thompson and Curry – choose your order – took over from there. Thompson's work was particularly impressive insofar as he missed Friday's game to attend his grandfather's funeral in the Bahamas and did not arrive in Oregon until early Sunday morning.

C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) is out indefinitely.

The Warriors on Tuesday return to Oracle Arena, where they face the Magic in the season series finale between the teams. The Warriors won the first meeting on Dec. 31 at Orlando, 94-81, but have lost eight of the last 10 against the Magic overall. The Warriors have not swept the Magic since 1991-92.

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